Ever wish you had an active local’s opinion on how best to enjoy your own city? We have too, so here are some answers
How long you’ve lived here: About five years.
What you like best about Chicago: The different neighborhoods. Roscoe Village is like the suburbs in the city, but a completely different vibe is only 10 minutes away.
Best meal you’ve had recently: I went to Volo a couple weeks ago, and we pretty much ordered one of everything. The small plates are amazing. Even things like the game pate, which I never would’ve ordered by myself, were delicious.
Favorite big-name restaurant: Melting Pot. Delicious, and it’s an interactive experience. You just have to be ready to smell like it when you leave.
Best sports bar to catch the game: Waterhouse. Always a good sports crowd with a neighborhood feel.
A great night out with friends usually includes… bouncing around to different bars, photo booths and too many shots.
Favorite store or best shopping area: Kiz Chicago on Damen & Division. Great boutique for women with the best accessories in the city.
The best way to spend a fall Saturday in the city: Getting a pumpkin-spice latte and walking around shopping. I usually hit up the pet boutiques like Sam & Willy’s or Dog-A-Holics.
One thing every visitor must do here: Go to Wrigleyville during a Cubs game. It’s always such a fun, ridiculous atmosphere. I like to show visitors that there’s awesome sightseeing that’s not downtown.
Secret Chicago spot: Scooter’s frozen custard. Maybe it’s not that secret. I grew up on frozen custard from a little shop, and Scooter’s is the only place that compares. I could eat just the chocolate custard every day. Add caramel and bananas and it’s over.
Underrated activity in the city: Any outdoor free venues. Movies, music, anything outdoors.